Bucs' Hickey to be new Dolphins general manager
Dennis Hickey, who spent the last 18 seasons with the Bucs, most recently as the team's director of player personnel, has been hired as the new general manager of the Miami Dolphins, the team confirmed Sunday morning.
Hickey, who wasn't among the candidates reportedly interviewed for the Bucs' general manager opening, interviewed for a second time with Miami on Saturday and got the job over Titans executive Lake Dawson, Browns executive Ray Farmer and in-house candidate Brian Gaine.
Hickey started with the Bucs as a pro personnel assistant in 1996-97, then worked in scouting from 1998-2010, including six years as the team's director of college scouting. He was part of the team's Super Bowl championship team after the 2002 season. In 2011, he was promoted to director of player personnel, serving as the No. 2 to general manager Mark Dominik, who was fired last month after a 28-52 record in his five years.
Hickey's departure leaves them without a key personnel voice going into free agency and the draft -- new general manager Jason Licht said Thursday that he intends to keep current personnel staff on board to give them a chance to prove themselves as potential longterm hires. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said last week he doesn't expect Licht to bring any of his Arizona colleagues with him to Tampa.